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Siasia calls for greater character in second match

26 January 2015, 12:19Israel Ojoko

Tunis - Head Coach Samson Siasia has charged his U-23 National Team boys to show character and resilience when they take on the U-23 National Team of Tunisia in a second international friendly match in Tunis on Wednesday.

The Dream Team lost 5-3 to the Olympic Eagles of Tunisia at the Stade el Menzah on Saturday, with the Nigerian goals from Etim Emmanuel and Junior Ajayi, who hit a brace.

The team created a hatful of chances in the second half, after the first half ended 3-3, but were undone by poor finishing.

Also read: Tunisia sets up Nigeria friendly

“I don’t want to blame the players too much for the loss to the Tunisians in the first match on Saturday. Without appearing to be making excuses for them, we arrived in Tunis on Friday afternoon and immediately went to training but the weather did not help matters.

“Most of them were traveling outside the country for the first time and you can’t wish that away. The weather was a critical issue. However, in the first match, my assistants and I noticed a number of areas we need to improve on seriously before we can say we have a team.”

 “We will try a number of other players in the second match and see how things work out,” Siasia said after Sunday’s training session at the Stade November 7 in Rades, outside Tunis.

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